The issue of gay marriage needs little introduction as it is one of the most widely contended and discussed topics in the United States of America. While the issue is relatively recent one has to question why this is even an issue to begin with. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Arguments come from both religious groups, as well as secular focused sources. Reasoning against gay marriage ranges from religious immorality, to the idea that giving gays the right to marry would support minoritarianism (giving minority special privileges and advantages in either a legislative or societal capacity). There are countless arguments besides those mentioned, few of which have any substantial grounds to stand on. Gay marriage causes no political or communal grief, except for those who strongly oppose it now. Even for those people gay people exist either way. Whether they are married or not will not change that and their lives will not be dramatically changed from it. Gay marriage has no valid reason to be outlawed and there are plenty of reasons to allow it.
Gay bashing is the verbal of physical abuse towards someone who is thought to be homosexual. This form of bullying has become strikingly common in the United States and has only increased. While the frequency of hate crimes towards gays (20.8% in 2011) is less than half that of racial biased hate crimes (46.9%) it is still the second most common source for a hate crime in America, among other such as religious or gender bias. That percentage is still an increase from the previous year at 18.6%, meanwhile the overall count of hate crimes decreased. The types of hate crimes ranged from property crimes, intimidation...
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